9 famous services started from MVP

9 famous services started from MVP
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That is clear that MVP development will help you to minimize the risks with the new project. But there are too many questions about right assumptions, essential features, ways to develop and so on. Syndicode has compiled for you 9 famous services started from MVP that you use every day. Maybe these examples will help you gain the better understanding and some inspiration. Is there any service similar to yours? 

Last time in our MVP development article series we covered the topic about how MVP is different from a prototype. Today we’re going to show you some examples of the MVPs which successfully evolved to world-popular services and applications. Here are 9 famous services started from MVP that most of you use every day:

  1. Dropbox is a famous example of an MVP of a product that wasn’t ready for use, but instead of risking crushing their product, CEO Drew Houston created a demo video and submitted it to Digg, this turned their “beta” waiting list from 5,000 to 75,000 people overnight. It’s an incredible story, and the rest, as they say, is history.
  2. The other example is Unsplash that started as a $19 Tumblr theme and is now one of the fastest growing photography websites. Now Unsplash is one of the fastest growing photography websites with over 600 million views a month.
  3. Buffer had also released an MVP version before the official start. They launched two-page MVP to check whether people would even consider using the app.
  4. eBay, today’s most popular online auction website was originally called AuctionWeb when it launched in 1995.
  5. The first edition of LinkedIn was launched without many of the features we’ve gotten used to today. There was no way to endorse connections for skills, no way to recommend connections or see a list of recommended connections, and one could only connect to the other person knowing the other person’s  email address. No groups, jobs or other advanced functionality. Everything was developed after the initial assumption was validated.
  6. Facebook‘s MVP was very similar to that of LinkedIn. No apps, no news feed, no timeline, no videos, no status updates, and no pages. Just a bunch of interlinked user profiles. All additional functionality was added gradually as the project grew.
  7. At the beginning of the 2010s Foursquare incredibly boosted the market of apps with a location-based service. But back then this app was significantly different from the one we use now. As expected from an MVP it had only 1 main feature: check-ins and badges for completing specific activities.
  8. A world-renowned taxi app Uber at the beginning was pretty simple. It was a simple MVP with a simple design and only one function (to connect iPhone owners with drivers and provide them with a credit card payment system) to solve one specific problem – to get a taxi as cheap and fast as possible. Nowadays Uber app has a million users all over the world and a dozen of additional functions.
  9. Pinterest also had an MVP. It was a platform that provided optimal utility for consumers who wanted to visually bookmark their interests. The pin button was part of its MVP because it enabled this functionality. The platform’s early adopters validated the product-market fit and defined its early positioning as a bookmarking site for recipes and fashion (though it has evolved greatly).

There are many other famous apps started from MVP. If you have an idea of a web or mobile application, don’t complete the project unless your idea is proven and validated by your potential customers. That is the rule of “early fail” as pessimist would say. An optimist would say that this is the rule of optimizing your resources, time and money. With MVP development you can launch the product that is needed by people. That is how your application would become successful. Read our MVP development guide to find more about minimum viable product advantages.

Stay tuned! Our next article will tell you what questions you should ask to find minimum viable features for your MVP.

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